WGS 410 Feminist Science Fiction

CRN 15832
Tuesday & Thursday 1600-1720
301 GER
Instructor – Carol Stabile, cstabile@uoregon.edu

Course Description

According to author and linguist Suzette Haden Elgin, “SF is the only genre of literature in which it’s possible for a writer to explore the question of what this world would be like if you could get rid of [X], where [X] is filled in with any of the multitude of real world facts that constrain and oppress women.” Following Elgin, this course looks at feminist science fiction as a form of political theory, as a strategy for thinking critically about the present, imagining “what this world would be like” under different circumstances, and, thus, theorizing political change. In order to explore the connections between feminist science fiction and political theory, the course takes advantage of the University of Oregon’s Special Collections and University Archives feminist science fiction holdings, one of the world’s most important collections of feminist science fiction. In 2016, the course will focus specifically on the literature and papers of Ursula K. Le Guin.